The Answer has returned with their sophomore effort “Everyday Demons”. If you are a regular visitor to Hard Rock Hideout, you have read my prattling about these awesome Irish Rockers for a while now. I have been extremely excited to hear this album, and after a couple of spins, I couldn’t be more overjoyed.
“Everyday Demons” is The Answer’s full length debut in the United States. As good as The Answer’s first album “Rise” was, I believe “Everyday Demons” has managed to top The Answer’s European debut.
I love it when a band brings their “A” game to the studio. You can tell that The Answer put a lot of heart into this disc.
I had the pleasure of hearing some of these songs prior to receiving a copy of the CD. “On and On” first showed up on Yahoo Music last month, and I loved this track on the first play. Getting to hear it on a real stereo system, gives me a whole new appreciation for the song. It just explodes out of the speakers just a like a stadium anthem should.
“On and On” isn’t the lone highlight on this disc. There are in fact many great songs to absorb.
“Demon Eyes” is a killer opening track with monster riffs that will get your blood pumping quickly. This song sets the stage for “Everyday Demons”.
“Too Far Gone” sees The Answer channeling their inner Zeppelin. James Heatley’s drums just explode on this track. The Zeppelinesque riff blended with Neeson’s howling vocals really drive this song home. Awesome!
After three upbeat rockers, The Answer drops the tempo down on the song “Cry Out”. This song is not one of my favorites on this disc. I just can’t seem to get into the riff on this song. It isn’t bad, but after the first three tunes, this one falls flat for me.
On the other hand, the song “Why’d You Change Your Mind” is much more to my liking. The music on this tunes oscillates between a moody low tempo number and explodes into an upbeat rocker, before heading back to its original slow pace. This is a cool tune that takes a few listens to fully appreciate.
“Pride” ought to be released as a single off of Everyday Demons. Cormac Neeson’s voice soars on this tune. This one has hit written all over it.
“Walkin’ Mat” is another tune that sees The Answer tap into their inner Zeppelin. You can’t deny the influence on this song, but it doesn’t come out sounding like a rip off aka Kingdom Come either. This is another song that I could hear getting some airplay before long. Good Stuff!
“Tonight” is the type of tune that you want to roll your car windows down and crank up loud. This song has a Thin Lizzy like vibe to it, but is a very happy, upbeat song.
“Dead of the Night” is one of my favorite tunes off “Everyday Demons”. This song is very catchy and gets in your head. This is another hit worthy tune.
“Comfort Zone” is another low to mid tempo song that needs a few listens to grow on you. I like the chorus on this tune, but it seems like it takes a while to get going.
“Evil Man” is the third song on Everyday Demons that has a Led Zeppelin like sound about it. This is a rocking tune that Paul Mahon and Mickey Waters take advantage of with their heavy riffs.
If you haven’t listened to The Answer before, “Everyday Demons” is a great place to start. If you are a fan of classic 70’s hard rock, you will enjoy this disc. The Answer has delivered another impressive release in 2009. Grab it!
Rating: Out of 10
- Demon Eyes
- Too Far Gone
- On and On
- Cry Out
- Why’d You Change Your Mind
- Walkin’ Mat
- Dead of the Night
- Comfort Zone
- Evil Man
The Answer is:
Cormac Neeson – Vocals
Paul Mahon – Guitar
Micky Waters – Bass Guitar
James Heatley – Drums